ABB secures switchgear contract for new Kilgallioch windfarm in Scotland

10 February 2016 (Last Updated February 10th, 2016 18:30)

Power and automation technologies group ABB has received a contract from ScottishPower Renewables to supply medium voltage (MV) switchgear, which will connect the wind turbines to the grid at new Kilgallioch windfarm in south-west Scotland.

Power and automation technologies group ABB has received a contract from ScottishPower Renewables to supply medium voltage (MV) switchgear, which will connect the wind turbines to the grid at new Kilgallioch windfarm in south-west Scotland.

Once operational in 2017, the project will generate around 239MW electricity that can power about 130,000 households per year.

Under the deal, ABB will supply, deliver, install and commission the 33kV for switchgear for each of the 96 turbines, as well as the site substation.

The company plans to start deliveries in March and intends to complete the final handover by October this year.

"This is a significant project for ABB that … represents good value for money in the demanding onshore wind market."

ABB ScottishPower account manager Steve Blanche said: "This is a significant project for ABB that demonstrates that not only does our well proven switchgear meet ScottishPower Renewables’ stringent technical requirements but it also represents good value for money in the demanding onshore wind market."

The firm will supply its Safeplus secondary switchgear for the turbines, which is manufactured in Norway.

According to the firm, Safeplus switchgear will be supplied in compact secondary substations (CSSs), which are factory-assembled units that contain all of the equipment required for a secondary substation in a single type tested, plug and plug container.

The company has engineered and manufactured its CSSs in the UK.

The substation serving the site will be installed with the firm’s ZX0.2 primary switchgear, which is produced in Germany.